Learn Russian at your pace in Crimea


Learn Russian language in Crimea, the diamond-shaped peninsula of Ukraine. Crimea, known for its scenic beaches and health resorts, is a definite attraction to lots of tourists from Europe, the US and other parts of the world, who love mediterranean-kind of climate. Crimea protrudes into the Black sea and has a long coastal line at the southern side. Yalta is a famous resort city of Crimea located on the coast of the Black sea. It is famous for its pebble-beaches and health, mineral spas. Yalta wine is an attraction to many.

Although Ukrainian is considered to be the official language here, Russian is prevalent among the vast majority of the population. Very few people speak Ukrainian in Crimea and you can hear only Russian on the streets, in shops, hotels & restaurants. So, learning Russian will benefit the visitors and business class in a greater way, as it helps to get an ease and comfortable stay in Crimea.

There are a few language schools in and around Crimea. The best placement would be one of the Simferopol Schools, that offer summer & short-term courses for the specific class of people. The course structure is devised to suit beginners or intermediates or advanced levels. Students have an option to participate in these classes on-the-go. The tutors are highly skilled staff from the leading universities of Crimea, who can also speak English / German / French. A course typically takes from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the depth of the course.

There are different categories of courses of Russian. General Russian course will last for a few weeks and is aimed at the students, professionals and business people who visit Crimea. This is aimed at giving confidence in communicating in Russian with local crowds in everyday situations or for business dealings. Group courses are also conducted for small groups of learners. There are individual courses as well tailored to the needs of the learner. This is a 1-on-1 session, where the tutor and the learner decide what to focus and how. The schedule for the course is finalized accordingly. Some of the schools, who conduct courses on Russian language, also offer guided tours to the near-by tourist localities. They offer residential spaces like hostels, apartments for the students to stay and study. For a course of 2-4 weeks, 20 hours per week, the fee will be about $250 per week for a group of students, while it may cost some more for an individual tailor-made course.

Mastering Russian language has to happen in all levels of usage - listening, speaking, writing and reading. There are audio files or extracts that help the student in speaking and listening aspects. While understanding and learning the alphabets and the grammar of Russian helps one with reading and writing aspects. The schools that teach Russian offer both methodologies to the students to pick up the language at a faster pace.

Learning Russian is not just for the tourists and business people, but lots of students travel to Russia for their higher studies every year. Russian Visa requirements are stricter, while that of Ukrainian is more open and liberal. This enables Ukraine to be a good alternate destination for learning Russian language, as Ukraine is slowly integrating into the European community.